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Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
February 20 – May 30, 2011
East Building Upper Level

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Venice inspired a school of competitive view painters whose achievements are among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. The exhibition celebrates the rich variety of these Venetian views, known as vedute, through some 20 masterworks by Canaletto and more than 30 by his rivals, including Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, and Bernardo Bellotto. Responding to an art market fueled largely by the Grand Tour, these gifted painters depicted the famous monuments and vistas of Venice in different moods and seasons.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by the Bracco Foundation, which promotes cultural, scientific, and artistic expressions to improve the quality of life. It is also made possible through the generous support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Additional support is kindly provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Canaletto, The Square of Saint Mark's, Venice, 1742/1744, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Barbara Hutton, 1945.15.3

Related Artists

, 1697 - 1768

Related Resources

Education Resource: Inside Scoop: Canaletto

Audio and Video

"The Square of Saint Mark's, Venice," 1742/1744, Canaletto
Video, Released: November 1, 2011, (2:20 minutes)
Michael Kahn and Shakespeare's Italy
Audio, Released: September 6, 2011, (52:57 minutes)
Concerts in Honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
Audio, Released: July 19, 2011, (48:26 minutes)
Sights and Sounds of 18th-Century Venice Symposium
Audio, Released: May 17, 2011, (239:13 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition—Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
Audio, Released: March 8, 2011, (57:33 minutes)
Press Event: Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
Audio, Released: February 15, 2011, (31:39 minutes)
The Moran Gondola
Audio, Released: February 8, 2011, (20:59 minutes)